Our patterns

There are thousands of publications and patterns in the Guild’s collection, and copies of many are available to members, for their own personal use. Some (magazines and booklets) can be downloaded from the website and others (pattern leaflets) can be supplied on request. On this page are a few of the most recent additions – there are many more publications to download, or catalogues of pattern leaflets that can be requested, on the pages listed under ‘Index’ – either in a sidebar, or perhaps at the bottom of this page, depending on the device you are using. As well as publications to download, you will find catalogues of some of the pattern leaflets that are available to members on request – use our contact form to ask for copies.

Do browse the pages in the Index and see the items selected by our Publications Curator, Barbara Smith. If you are looking for a particular item that is not on the website, contact her by using the contact form and she may be able to help.

A note on copyright: publications that are less than 70 years old (and many older publications too) are still in copyright. The publications available here are either out of copyright, we believe, or we have permission from the copyright owner to make copies for Guild members.

Cover of Patons Lady's jumper - lady wearing openwork jumper

1932-34 – Patons ‘Helps to Knitters’

A catalogue of patterns for women's jumpers from the Patons archive. Mostly knitted, a few crocheted ...
Front cover of Aunt Kate's Knitting & Crochet Guide showing lady with crochet top

Aunt Kate’s Knitting & Crochet Guide

A free booklet from 'The People's Friend' magazine, about 1925. See the 'PRE-1950 MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENTS' page for similar booklets. (16 pages, 13.6 MB) ...
Cover or Leach's Smart Jumpers - three ladies wearing tops

Leach’s Smart Jumpers

Published 1923.Note that the prize-winning jumper pages have been re-assembled - the original layout would not fit onto A4. (15 pages, 11MB) ...
Cover of Machine Knitting for the Family with four photos of people wearing knitwear

Machine Knitting for the Family

Machine Knitting for the Family A Patons booklet from 1979 with a range of patterns for adults and children. (20 pages, 9.8MB) ...
Cover of Munrospun knitting book - lady wearing horizontally striped top

Munrospun Knitting Book 8

A booklet of 19 patterns for Munrospun wools, for women, men & children. Published around 1946. (50 pages, 16.2MB) ...
Cover or Big Sizes showing man and woman wearing zipped cardigans

Patons 214 – Big Sizes 2

A booklet of 12 patterns for women and men in bust or chest sizes 40-50 in. (102-127 cm.). Published in 1978. (36 pages, 17.2 MB) ...
Knitted Coats & Caps - Lady wth coat and hat

Patterns to Inspire

Pattern leaflets featured in the talk by Barbara Smith at the Guild Unconvention 2021 ...
Sirdar cover for 3 ply pattern. :ady wearing cardigan with short sleeves and textured chequerboard pattern.

Sirdar leaflets, 1930s to 1945

A catalogue of over 90 pattern leaflets published up to 1945 ...
Stitchcraft cover with lady in red jumber with lace front and striped sleeves

Stitchcraft magazine – SC193301 – January 1933

The knitting and crochet patterns from the 4th issue of the magazine, omitting the embroidery and cooking. (27 pages, 12.2MB) ...
Cover of The Needle with Gothic script

The Needle vol 1, no 6

A single issue from 1852 of a magazine published by Mlle Riego de la Branchardiere. (20 pages, 10.9 MB) ...
Weldons leaflet of lady wearing pixie hood and gloves with Fair Isle bands

Weldons leaflets, 1930s-40s

A catalogue of about 50 pattern leaflets from the late 1930s and early 1940s ...